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Limitations of the modern movie trailer

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017

Film trailers have to be loud, aggressive and exciting. But what if the movie itself is neither?

Bwooommmm. Honk! Ratatatatat. A hushed voice: “You don’t know what’s coming”. Ominous silence. Bwoommmmm. Honk! Brahhmmm.

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By now, the conventions of the modern movie trailer - all rapid-fire editing, loud whooshing and parping noises and ominous portent - have become as established as the oft-lampooned ones we used to get back in the 1980s. The ones that always began, “He was a man on the edge...”, or “In a world...", or a variant thereof.

In fact, trailers for mainstream movies are now so standardised and formulaic that Red Letter Media was able to put together an eight-minute video made of nothing but cliched shots from blockbuster movie promos, and it looked almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

In the 21st century, film trailers
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BFI hires Danny Leigh, Will Massa for archive roles

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BFI National Archive makes key hires for curatorial team.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Will Massa and Danny Leigh to the curatorial team for its BFI National Archive.

Leigh is a journalist with more than 20 years experiences working in print, for the Ft and Guardian, as well as on television where he is co-host of the BBC’s long-running film programme Film 2017.

He joins the BFI as senior curator of fiction film and television and will have a remit including developing and promoting the current collection, as well as building the archive. He took us his position yesterday, June 26.

Massa joins from the British Council’s film department where he was senior programme manager, working on a variety of UK film showcase projects across the Americas and Europe. Prior to that role, he worked in talent development at regional screen agencies Screen Yorkshire and North West Vision+Media.

Massa has been
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Doctor Who recap: series 36, episode five – Oxygen

With this scandal in outer space, Doctor Who has rarely been so hilarious, so harrowing – and so unapologetically left-wing. The powers that be are brave to give it the go-ahead

It can only be coincidence that this episode goes out the same weekend as Alien: Covenant opens, but there’s definitely something in the water. Or should that be air? As my colleague Danny Leigh wrote this week, that franchise posits a future where, “if we as a species ever make it into space en masse, our lives will end up looking like this: an underpaid, cooped up grid that left you looking like Harry Dean Stanton.”

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Film 2016 confirms new presenters

Simon Brew Nov 2, 2016

Film 2016 returns tonight with a new guest presenter approach. Full details lie within...

Tonight marks the return to our screens of the BBC’s one-time flagship film programme, Film 2016. And following the announcement at the end of the summer that Claudia Winkleman was standing down as co-host of the show, the BBC has finally announced her replacement.

Or replacements.

For the BBC has opted to go with a rotation of guest presenters for the new series, who in turn will accompany the returning resident critic Danny Leigh. There’s precedence for this in film programmes, I should note. Following the death of Gene Siskel, the late Roger Ebert continued to present a television film review programme with guest presenters for a while after. And that was deemed quite successful, if not quite - inevitably - up to majesty of seeing the original duo together.

The
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Nicolas Winding Refn interview: The Neon Demon, creativity in a digital age

Ryan Lambie Nov 1, 2016

Maverick director Nicolas Winding Refn talks to us about The Neon Demon, out this month on disc, and creativity in the digital age...

The breakthrough hit Drive aside, Nicolas Winding Refn's films seldom play nicely with their audience. Only God Forgives, the Danish director's follow-up to Drive and also starring Ryan Gosling, was a garish revenge fantasy set in Thailand but seemingly shot in the depths of hell; released in 2013, it received an openly hostile reception at Cannes.

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Likewise The Neon Demon, another fantastical horror-thriller which depicts Hollywood as a kind of colour-saturated purgatory. Young waif Jessie (Elle Fanning) shows up here with ambitions of becoming a top model; she achieves her ambition, but
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Zoe Ball to be first in series of Film 2016 guest presenters

The BBC’s long-running movie discussion show decides not to find permanent replacement for Claudia Winkleman, who announced departure in September

The BBC’s Film 2016 show will no longer have a permanent host, but a series of guest hosts, beginning with Zoe Ball.

The move was announced on the show’s Twitter account. Critics Danny Leigh and Ellen E Jones remain on the show, which will return to a live format after being recorded last year, the Radio Times reported.

We're excited to announce that our first host is the brilliant @ZoeTheBall! The new series starts 2nd Nov @BBCOne pic.twitter.com/Z9BRW0cOys

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Zoe Ball to be first in series of Film 2016 guest presenters

The BBC’s long-running movie discussion show decides not to find permanent replacement for Claudia Winkleman, who announced departure in September

The BBC’s Film 2016 show will no longer have a permanent host, but a series of guest hosts, beginning with Zoe Ball.

The move was announced on the show’s Twitter account. Critics Danny Leigh and Ellen E Jones remain on the show, which will return to a live format after being recorded last year, the Radio Times reported.

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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career

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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career
Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.

Read More: Jeremy Irons Knocks ‘Batman v Superman’: It’s ‘Overstuffed’ & ‘Very Muddled’

Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.

Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,
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Jeremy Irons Discusses His Entire Career With BAFTA Audience

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Jeremy Irons Discusses His Entire Career With BAFTA Audience
Actor Jeremy Irons appears in Lone Scherfig’s latest film “Their Finest,” which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. But while the film is screening in Toronto, Irons himself is in London because he was the latest subject of BAFTA’s “A Life In Pictures” series, a conversational interview that looks back at an actor’s professional career. Last Friday, Irons sat down with critic and broadcaster Danny Leigh in front of an attendant audience to discuss his life on stage and on film. Below are some choice excerpts from the evening, in which he discusses working with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, his work on David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers,” and seeing himself in “The Lion King.”

Read More: Jeremy Irons Knocks ‘Batman v Superman’: It’s ‘Overstuffed’ & ‘Very Muddled’

On Being Cast in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”

“I told director Karel Reisz,
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Film 2016: Claudia Winkleman quits the show

Simon Brew Sep 5, 2016

Film 2016 will need a new presenter when it returns later this year, as Claudia Winkleman confirms her departure.

The BBC’s second most important film programme is on the hunt for a new lead presenter, with the news that Claudia Winkleman has quit as host of Film 2016.

Winkleman, who took over from Jonathan Ross in 2010, told the BBC that “at this time of year I juggle all kinds of things for TV and radio and the show simply deserves someone who can give it their all”. She is about to start co-hosting the latest run of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One, in addition to her radio commitments.

The search is then on for a new host for Film 2016, which in turn will presumably determine whether Danny Leigh stays on as co-presenter. Speculation will no doubt turn back in the direction of Mark Kermode,
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In the belly of the beast: on the set of The Neon Demon – video interview

During the shooting of The Neon Demon last summer, Danny Leigh paid a visit to the set: a rambling old Hollywood mansion said to be haunted by the ghosts of a silent movie star and his oil heiress wife. Director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Elle Fanning talk about their La fashion industry thriller and our obsession with beauty. Quiet on set. Lights, camera, violence!

The Neon Demon is released in the UK on 8 July

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Driving round La with Nicolas Winding Refn: ‘I will go against good taste till I die’ – video feature

In this video shot when Nicolas Winding Refn was making The Neon Demon in Los Angeles last summer, Danny Leigh and the director motor round town, stop for a haircut and visit a parking lot where Refn recently saw a man die. They also discuss why a self-confessed ‘wholesome Danish socialist’ still prefers success-orientated La to any other place, as well as the point at which Hollywood iconography became forever fixed

The Neon Demon is released in the UK on 8 July

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It Follows Blu Ray Review

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto

Certficate: 15.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Special Features: Gallery, Trailer, Interview with the film’s composer and a feature commentary.

The premise of It Follows is simple – there’s an Std (that’s a Sexually Transmitted Demon) going around town. The symptoms don’t include the usual intimate itching, but rather a malevolent force that sinisterly stalks you until either it catches and kills you, or you pass it on. So it’s a horror film that encourages promiscuous sex, a genre-turning move as it’s usually these folks that are the fodder for the killer.

The heroine of the piece is Jay (Monroe), a young girl who finds herself the unwitting hostess to ‘it’ after being seduced by the previous incumbent. As she finds herself being mercilessly stalked by an ever changing, always just around the corner demon, Jay
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It Follows Blu Ray Review

Director: David Robert Mitchell.

Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 107 minutes.

Special Features: Feature commentary, trailer, interview with Diasterpeace and a gallery.

It Follows Blu Ray Review

The premise of It Follows is simple – there’s an Std (that’s a Sexually Transmitted Demon) going around town. The symptoms don’t include the usual intimate itching, but rather a malevolent force that sinisterly stalks you until either it catches and kills you, or you pass it on. So it’s a horror film that encourages promiscuous sex, a genre-turning move as it’s usually these folks that are the fodder for the killer.

The heroine of the piece is Jay (Monroe), a young girl who finds herself the unwitting hostess to ‘it’ after being seduced by the previous incumbent. As she finds herself being mercilessly stalked by an ever changing, always just around the corner demon,
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Daily | Buster, Clarke, Ferrara

In today's roundup of news and views: Charlie Fox on Buster Keaton, Danny Leigh on Alan Clarke, Abel Ferrara on collaboration, Adrian Martin on the "New Cinephilia," Martin Amis on Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, Sérgio Dias Branco on Roberto Rossellini's The Flowers of St. Francis, Peter Cowie on Ingmar Bergman's cinematographers, Gunnar Fischer and Sven Nykvist, Benjamin Bergholtz on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on Michael Mann's Heat, David Kalat on Harry Langdon, Duncan Gray on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland—and more. » - David Hudson
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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2015 line-up

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2015 line-up
The Look of Silence and new music from members of Sigur Ros to open festival; Monty Python documentary to close.

Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 5-10) has revealed the line-up of its 2015 edition, which will open with two events.

The first is the UK premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, the follow-up to critically acclaimed The Act of Killing, in which a family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

The second is the world premiere of Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Funfairs, Circuses and Carnivals – a music and archive film that will feature a new score by Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós and the head of the Pagan Church in Iceland, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.

The film centres on the lives of travelling showpeople and has been created with exclusive access to the University of Sheffield
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Twin Peaks doc airing on Easter Monday on BBC Radio 4

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Film critic Danny Leigh will be talking us through how Twin Peaks changed the TV landscape at 4pm on Monday the 6th of April...

"There are many stories in Twin Peaks - some of them are sad, some funny. Some of them are stories of madness, of violence. Some are ordinary. Yet they all have about them a sense of mystery - the mystery of life. Sometimes, the mystery of death."

A few introductory words from the Log Lady there, ta Maggie.

Should your rained-off barbeque/Diy plans for this UK Bank Holiday Monday take you within range of a functioning radio, may we suggest you tune in to this damn fine looking half-hour documentary on the legacy of Twin Peaks?

The doc, presented by film critic Danny Leigh with contributions from Richard Ayoade and more, airs at 4pm on Monday the 6th of April. It promises to revisit how,
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Christopher Walken to play Hook in NBC's Peter Pan

Walken says casting is 'chance to put on my tap shoes again' in live action show produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron

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Looky, looky: we've got a new Hooky. Christopher Walken has been roped in to play Captain Hook in NBC's new live action version of Peter Pan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Broadcast live, the production will reunite Walken with Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked with Walken on the 2007 remake of Hairspray. Walken said the casting was a "chance to put on my tap shoes again", suggesting his Hook will pull off the odd cramp roll while he seeks revenge against the small boy who severed his hand. Pan's casting is yet to be announced, but the part will be played by a woman. Kristen Bell was linked,
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New cult film festival launched for the south of England

The unlikely location of Eastleigh is now the home of a geek-friendly film festival…

News Rob Leane

Ever wanted to hit the lanes in your dressing gown after seeing The Big Lebowski? Well, now you can. The newly launched Eastleigh Film Festival in Hampshire boasts an impressively geeky line-up, including a chance to see the Coen brothers’ hilarious dark comedy across the lanes of a real bowling alley.

Other interactive experiences throughout the week (which kicks off on Monday 22nd September) include enjoying an authentic Italian meal during Stanley Tucci’s ristorante-set drama Big Night and, perhaps best of all, a rare screening of George A Romero’s original Dawn Of The Dead in the spooky Swan shopping centre after dark. Count us in.

Danny Leigh, of BBC Film 2014 fame, has helped organise the event by picking his top ten genre movies, three of which will make up the
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